Street Lights

Well-lit streets make for safer streets.

We have a maintenance program that proactively addresses street light outages on major streets. We change out inoperative bulbs on major streets on a quarterly basis. In recent years, we have been switching out bulbs with LED bulbs and have updated approximately 90 percent of the City's street lights.

You can help the city maintain well-lit streets by letting us know if any of our 7,500 street lights are broken, flickering or dark. We strive to make an initial response within 48 hours. To report a malfunctioning street light, call us at 650-522-7300 or email us at

Who owns the lights? 

The City of San Mateo shares the operation and maintenance of all of our street lights with PG&E, which means that when a light needs repair or replacement we must first determine who owns the light in question. Below are visual to explain how different styles of street lights in San Mateo are managed. 

To report a malfunctioning City-managed street light, call us at 650-522-7300 or email us at To contact PG&E about one of its managed street lights, click here.

Street Light ownership - Lanterns

Street Light Management - Cobraheads

For more information on who owns a street light throughout the state, visit PG&E's page here.

Street Light Conversion Program

The Public Works Department is converting street lights on high voltage circuits to more reliable – and energy efficient – low voltage circuits.

In 2019, conversion efforts will be focused in the Baywood-Aragon neighborhood (see map).

The program includes new LED street light heads, new power service for better reliability, and reduced outages. As an added beautification feature, the new heads will have a decorative brace.Street Light Conversion 2019 - Before and After

Neighborhoods experiencing the conversion work can expect phased outages for up to two weeks so that crews can safely upgrade the lights. Property owners should expect to see construction notifications in the weeks leading up to street light outages on their streets. Public Works collaborates with its colleagues in the San Mateo Police Department to increase patrols during street light outages.

Have questions about the project? call us at 650-522-7300 or email us at